St. Rogue Red | Rogue Ales

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St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 1,050
Photo of MJR
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Art of Beer Festival on 5/24/03...

Appearance: The beer poured a wonderfully deep red with a tiny tan cap.

Smell: Weak aroma of faint hops and sweet malt. I was told that this keg was dry-hopped with Centennial, but the aroma sure doesn't show it.

Taste: Thin and lacking... What was there was a good balance between the sweet, slighty roasted malts and the piney, resiny hops.

Mouthfeel: It had a smooth, buttery mouthfeel, but was a bit thin in body.

Drinkability: Average... I was quite disappointed by this brew.

While I didn't plan to review any of the brews I tried at the AoBF, this one just stuck in my mind because it was such a disappointment coming from a brewery that puts out consistently great beer. What I find strange is that I really like their double-the-hops, winter version of this, Santa's Private Reserve.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK bought in the 22 oz bomber with a rather cool looking "saint" on the screen printed label.
This beer certainlly surprised me in how it looked..deep dark red almost brown with a nice sized tan coloured head that shrunk to leave great lacing.
Great smell of lightly roasted and chocolate style malts..smell the hopping also.
nice tasteing beer..nice sweet chocolaty taste to begin then a slight bitterness..theres a sort of "zingy" after taste which I like also.
Nice and smooth on the tongue..nice after taste .
Very easy drinking beer..a good summer beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey red color with a rough, two-finger head. I settled down fairly quickly, leaving a thin, tan layer over the top of the beer for most of the drink. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer smelled like lake water. Not good at all. After it settled down, though, that aroma went away (thank God) and smells of caramel, malt, and dark fruits wafted up from my glass. There might have been just a hint of hops on the nose, but it was very faint.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium-bodied brew that was buttery smooth at the front of the mouth, but with a bite along the edges of the tongue.

Taste: Upfront, this beer was all caramel malt and butter. Then a plum and tart juniper flavor kicked in that intermingled with a mild piney-hops bitterness that arose on the finish. Very straightforward and full flavored, but without much complexity.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep red color with a big creamy tan head that for a bit then settles to a minimal head, leaving a sexy lace behind. Moderate to high hop aroma along with a pale malt smell fill the nose. Light bodied red ale makes for a strong hop flavor along with a earthy tones fill the palatte. A musty sort of taste is not to bad either. Overall this is a pretty good brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer because I wanted to see how Rogue handled the Red style. Instead what I sampled was just an over hopped IPA. All I could taste was hops, and plenty of them. It did have the red color, but it tasted like an IPA. If Rogue could just turn the hops down, I'm sure the finer quality of the red style will shine through.

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Photo of Todd
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown bomber bottle; painted label; no freshness date.

Pours a deep garnet coloured beer, crowned with a biege foam head; decent head retention. Sweet-ish/candied/fruit aroma, with a malty base and light floral hops.

Smooth mouthfeel, very light in the body; even a bit watery. Malty, but not in a big way. More of a light sweetness (subdued caramel, touch of roasted) and dominant grain character that's both coarse and dry on the palate. Crisp, and even more so with the beer's fizzy carbonation that provides a good palate cutting edge. Hops have a slightly woody/herbal note about them with a bit of sharp cheese thrown in and a citric/bitter base. Hop and grain tannins mass to form the finish, which is rather dry and a tad bitty.

Not a bad brew, a bit unbalanced, lacking and average; leaning heavily towards to the hop character. Malty aroma is deceiving, too. Overall not one of Rogue's best, but certainly drinkable and appealing here and there. Worth a try, but don't expect a lot from this beer.

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Photo of scottum
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly what I was expecting since it was listed as an IPA. I don't think this is an IPA; correct me if I am wrong. A sweet fruity taste was unexpected, but welcome. The hops are quite strong as well. I never thought a beer so packed with hops could be so sweet. The balance here is superb. Hats off to Rogue!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not to be confused with the non dry hopped version. This beer, while it may look the same as the original, is definately not the same beer. It seems Mr. Maier and the hopheads at Rogue actually stuff a "tea bag" full of Centennial hops in every keg of the St. Red and let it steep in order to transform it into this rich and hoppy ale.
Deep russet color, crystal clear ( tho I've seen bits of hops in other samples) with lazy trickles of carbonation. The creamy, tan head sticks to the beer and the glass all the way to the bottom. Aromas of caramel and spruce with hints of old campfire and dried fruit. Initially, flavors of over ripe fruit; apples and apricots, roll over the tongue but quickly a blast of pine and roasted grains takes over.
Medium bodied w/ an interesting grain nuttiness that blends with the sharp hop and subtle fruit flavors, then fades as the lingering bitter aftertase leaves your mouth feeling hot and peppery. Its like eating a green pine cone covered in brown sugar.
Much more complex than the original St. Red. draft version, which always seemed to have more substatial body than the bottled version. And while the hop infused keg does add a whole new dimension and level of hop charactor, the caramel and dark malt flavors hold thier own to keep this beer somewhat in balance. Intense blend of flavors and highly drinkable. My guess at alcohol content is approx. 6%/ vol.
If you like the St. Rogue Red, or just like hoppy beers, try this if you can find it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it sets in my glass a sanguineous color, the head reasonable in size, spumous in texture, light tan in color, as it evanesces, the lace nice thick clinging sheets. The aroma of hop flowers, cotton candy sweet, malted grains, fresh, crisp and clean a very labyrinthine nose to be sure. Sweet start, lots of malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate, finish stinging in its acidity, dynamic in its hop spiciness, dry hop bitter aftertaste seals off a very interesting and quaffable brew.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap and was most impressed with this beer. It's a good-looking red with a nice sticky head. The smell of hops is very pleasant, with notes of pine. The taste is a delightful blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The numerical part of the BA rating system has become more difficult for me tonight after tasting so many great beers. Well, actually only two, the Corsendonk and now a bomber of this. I'd like to rename this beer "Arrogant Bastard Light". That's just my opinion though. It pours a a nice brown color with large rocky had that goes away kind of quickly. As for the taste, if you'e ever tried Arrogant Bastard, you could say that this tastes like a light version. Not to say that this beer isn't good, and doesn't have a certain unique characteristic, but Arrogant Bastard Lite is all I can think about. As a rule of thumb however, you can't go wrong with any Rogue product.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date. List of ingredients and specs on the brew are on the label.

Appearance: Thick yet cropped bubbly head does a fine job of sticking to the glass, rusty amber hue shows a mild chill haze.

Smell: Mild malty aroma with notes of toasted grain and sweetness, some hop and yeast as well as fruitiness is in the back.

Taste: Sturdy medium body and smooth carbonation. Raw but rounded maltiness, toasty with husk undertones. Mild fruitiness with signs of yeast, hops are there and balance more than anything else at first. Flavours from the hops are modest but broad though the citric flavour is light with more piney notes on top. More lazy toasted malt flavour linger in the finish with some residual sweetness and hop flavour.

Notes: A decent red ale, actually it is quite tasty in a laid back way though I like its alternate ego “Dry Hop Red” which is the tapped version that is dry-hopped to the hilt. I found this to be a perfect pairing with my Hell’s Fire Beef Stew.

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Photo of Mark
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleased with this ale as red ale is usually not my favorite. Color is a deep reddish amber and a thick tan head leaves exceptional thick rings of lace. Smell is earthy and "healthy". Taste is very smooth and mouthfeel decent. Excellent drinkability makes this one a winner in my book.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great looking 1 Pt. 6 fl.oz screen printed brown glass bottle “Bomber” (or is it a Canon?). A very altruistic “Jesus-like” looking character be fronts the bottle, fittingly attired in an angelic red robe, wrestling with his saintly halo (or is he pulling it off?), and raising a jug of the finest at the same time.
The huge paragon like rocky brownish head follows one of the 10 Beer Commandments and soon settles down very quickly. Pours a deep luminescent holy red color, with a disciple like brown hue. A relatively clear beer that looks like it has never sinned once in its short life. Starts with an ecclesiastical sweet maltiness, but we are not talking about being fooled by the moneylenders, for this soon makes way for the Good Samaritan – ‘Hops’. What a great hoppy finish, I love the way that this comes through the beer at the end.
Let he who is without Rogue – buy the first beer.
I certainly won’t be hanging around when it comes to nailing another bottle of this beer tomorrow.
A “straight” -4- from the Judges, a very good Red.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label is right, it's red. Pours a bright red with a fairly big head, dissapates quickly. Leaves some lace. You taste the hops right off the bat, smooth taste and mouthfeel, and again a hoppy finish. Not over done on the hops though, just enough to let you know this is an American ale, brewed in the Northwest. Good beer, I haven't had a bad one from Rougue yet, still, there's tastier ones out there.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice thick meaty head off the pour. Deep dark rich amber in color. Huge lace to decorate the glass Fruity overtones in the aroma. But the taste....WOW. Outstanding. Roasty, malty, and hoppy mixture in one great flavor rush. Another winning beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a 22 oz. bomber. This is another solid Rogue ale that fits my taste. It pours a deep garnet color, as the name may imply, with a durable head that laces well. The smell is typical of Rogue products - it's hoppy. There is certainly a hearty dose of those Pacific Northwest hops in this red ale. The taste, at first, is somewhat malty and sweet with a hint of the Pacman yeast, but once again, the hops penetrate through, creating an enjoyable bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability ranking high. This a medium bodied brew, and would make a pretty solid session beer in my opinion... that is, if you like your red/amber ales with a generous dose of bittering hops. I know I do.

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Photo of inebrius
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Rogue Red is the base for Santa's Private Reserve but with half the hops. Which is amazing to me because, as in typical Rogue fashion, the balance to this beer already leans toward the hop end. And this is good if you enjoy a mouthful of oily hops. Oh sure, the malt makes itself evident in the nose and the beginning of your draught, but the hops are kickin' its ass out of your memory in no time. Tasty!

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Photo of doerickson
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish to light copper colored. Aromas are predominantly citrusy hops, with a small amount of malt in the background. The taste is more balanced, with the hops pronounced at the start and the malt fighting for position towards the finish, making more headway as the beer warms. Very solid.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark for an amber. Very dark shade of copper brown. At some angles, it verges on black. When light passes through it, it looks blood red. Head is off-white and fairly creamy. Nose is mostly citrusy, slightly floral hops. Some malt lingers underneath. Taste is a contrast between the bright crisp colors of the hops and the truly earthy taste character of the malt. It reminds me of a picture of a gloved hand, grimy from working in a garden holding the a freshly cut bright yellow flower. I know it's weird, but that's what it reminds me of. This is a bit hoppy for an amber, but a good beer.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber/mahogany color with some pretty good carbonation and white head. Bitterness gets you from the beginning and ends up balancing nicely with the sweeter malts. More bitter than I am used to in an amber, but very nice.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a deep dark amber, with a healthy off-white head. beautiful aroma of caramel malt and NW hops. nice full mouthfeel...lots of fruiten malts with the bitterness of the hops in the forefront. a balanced rogue brew. esp. if you like your brews on the bitter side. lingering malt flavours in the aftertaste. no problem putting this bomber down! delicious stuff.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle. Rich amber color, with a big fluffy tan head. Head fell nicely, got a bit thin, but some stayed. Nice sweet malty smell, balanced with alot of hops. Very balanced taste as well, some sweetness in the malt, and very noticable, crisp hop finish. Medium body, which was expected. Complimented a grilled chicken and roasted corn on the cob dinner perfectly. A very drinkable Amber Ale, the only one I had of the others listed. I thought it was very pleasant, flavorful, and balanced.

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a very dark amber/garnet color to it pouring out. It formed a nice medium tan head with plenty of lace as it subsided. The aroma was of both malt and hops which almost heralded the astringent flavor that you knew had to be coming after that frangrance. Slightly sweet, but not as sweet as others, which I think is good. Usually the macros put a name red, but nothing to it. Other micros add too much flavor. This might be the proper balance, but will have to sample more red ales to make that determination.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with creamy off-white head that has some retention and forms nice rings on the glass as I drink. Aroma is about half and half of hops and malt. At first I thought it was predominantly hops, but after smelling more, there's definite malt aroma too. Medium to full bodied. There is nothing spectacular about tasting this brew. There's some malt. There's some NW hops. But I'm also getting a slightly astringint off-flavor on the tongue and especially lingering after I drink. This is one that I ordered from Vintage Cellar and maybe it had been sitting too long. If not, this is a very average brew from an outstanding brewery. Probably the worst Rogue beer I've had in years.

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St. Rogue Red from Rogue Ales
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,050 ratings.
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